Lakeland, Fla. - March 14, 2017 - The Springfield College baseball team totaled five runs in the final two innings to topple William Paterson, 9-5, on Tuesday morning at Henley Field as the Pride registered 15 hits to improve to 2-1 on the year. Springfield's win over William Paterson comes a day after the Pioneers knocked off the 7th-ranked team in the nation, UW-La Crosse.
Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.) went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the victory for the Pride, while both Colin King (Berlin, Conn.) and Nick LeDuc (Belchertown, Mass.) each collected two hits. Starter Tyler Kelly (Alexandria, Va.) lasted 5.2 innings, allowing four earned runs off nine hits as he took a no-decision. Fletcher Comment (Westbrook, Conn.) came in for the final 3.1 innings, surrending two hits and one earned run, to get the win.
Springfield posted two runs in the second inning, getting a solo homer from Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) in just his second collegiate at bat, before LeDuc drove in Marcelino Diaz (East Hartford, Conn.) with a double to left field.
After the Pioneers got a run back in the bottom half of the second, Springfield plated two runs in the fifth thanks to run-scoring singles from Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) and Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.). William Paterson evened the game at four with a pair of runs in the sixth, but the Pride took contol of the game for good with a three-run eighth inning.
Kyle Allen (Westerly, R.I.) led off the frame with a single, and Diaz later drew a one-out walk. Marsicano then ripped a single through the right side to score Allen, and after he moved to second on a wild pitch to put runners on second and third, King cracked a double to left to give Springfield a 7-4 cushion.
William Patterson scored a run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth, but Marsicano would come through again for Springfield when he crushed a two-out, two-run double to right to plate Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) and Drabinski, each of whom had singles to start off the frame. Comment retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the 9-5 victory.
Springfield will now gear up to face Roger Williams on Wednesday at 12:30 pm.